DescriptionEPA-DHA Supercritical is Supercritical CO2 extracted oils in triglyceride form, manufactured in Germany. EPA-DHA Supercritical is unique among other fish oils for its critical extraction, purity, bioavailability and concentrations.
EPA-DHA Supercritical BenefitsThe benefits of omega-3 fatty acids continue to emerge and numerous health organizations around the world recommend increasing the daily intake of EPA and DHA. Data continues to accumulate that supports EPA and DHA in cardiovascular health as well as many other areas, including neurological, vision, and joint health.† The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is the direct precursor for the prostaglandins which are involved in helping to maintain the body?s normal inflammatory processes.† DHA plays a major role in the structural integrity of neuronal membranes. DHA is essential for neurological and visual development and is vital throughout pregnancy to support fetal brain growth and formation of the retina and visual cortex.† As the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, adequate amounts of DHA are needed throughout infancy and adulthood for ongoing optimal function. Low levels of DHA may adversely influence behavior and mental performance and have been correlated with changes in disposition, memory, visual and other neurological parameters.† Environmental Impact EPA-DHA Supercritical uses wild fish such as anchovies, sardines and mackerel that are recognized as not being endangered species. The production process produces no toxic impurities or solvents and all waste and waste water are recycled or transformed into energy. No Fishy Smell EPA-DHA Supercritical is naturally free of odor and taste due to the supercritical CO2 purification process which allows for a pleasant experience when consuming fish oil. Critical Extraction EPA-DHA Supercritical uses a Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology to gently extract, concentrate, and purify the omega-3 fatty acids without applying excessive heat and/or chemical solvents. The CO2 technology prevents oxygen from being exposed to the oil, therefore protecting the oil from degradation and oxidation. This process minimizes the possibility of the formation of isomers (structural changes) or other unwanted by-products and does not expose the oil to solvents such as hexane or ethanol.
- The first step is called Supercritical Fluid Extraction. In this step, CO2 under high pressure is pumped through minimally processed fish oil. Certain components of the oil including EPA and DHA are soluble in the supercritical CO2 and can be separated from the insoluble and less desirable fractions (saturated fats, cholesterol, contaminants). Once the pressure is reduced, the CO2 exits its supercritical state and returns to a gas to be re-circulated through the system. The EPA and DHA is collected and moved to the second step in the purification process.
- The second step is called Supercritical Fluid Chromatography, in which CO2 is used as the solvent to separate and further purify and concentrate EPA and DHA.